Cable Stripper Buying Guide
A cable stripper or wire stripper is a handy tool that helps to remove the insulation from the wire in either electrical or data networks. These tools are a necessity for all electricians and data installers and most come with a cutting blade for cutting the wires or cables.
This article will assist in the selection of the appropriate cable stripper for your specific needs. Please consider all options and features before purchasing a cable stripper.
What to consider before choosing a Cable Stripper
Cable and Insulation Type
The first factor to keep in mind is the type and size of cable you are stripping. Reputable manufacturers will always state the recommended applications for the stripping tool (eg. flat or round cable, type of jacket, OD range etc.). In some cases, you may need a specialist tool designed for the specific type of cable you are working with. For example, you would not typically use a general-purpose data wire stripper to strip a rubber insulated medium voltage cable. Often, you’ll be able to find a cable stripping tool that makes specific installations easier – such as a solar cable stripper. Always check the specifications of the tool to ensure it will strip the type of insulation and size of cable you are working with for the best results.
In-built Cable Cutter
As mentioned earlier, a cable stripper primarily removes the wire’s insulation. However, sometimes you might need to cut a cable to remove the damaged part. In that situation, a cable stripper is not enough, and you will require a cable cutter.
Therefore, a cable stripper that comes with an in-built cable cutter is always preferable. The one tool can then perform both actions with ease and you do not require a separate tool for cutting the cables.
The build quality of a cable stripper is one of the primary features you should consider. The quality of the tool is very dependent on the material the product is made from. Generally, a good cable stripper is made of alloy steel and is strong and durable.
Besides the product’s body, you should also check out the quality of the product’s handle. Chose a handle with an ergonomic design and rubber grip as it will allow you to hold the cable stripper comfortably and work effortlessly.
Price & Warranty
Price is another critical factor that you should consider before going for a cable stripper. Usually, cable strippers are an affordable tool, but premium options are available. Be aware that you may get what you pay for if the tool is very cheap.
Cable Strippers have different warranty schemes, while some even offer a lifetime warranty. Therefore, you should take time and check the warranty available on the tool.
You will find several types of cable strippers in the market, but if you select a Cable Stripper based on the factors mentioned above, you will be able to choose the best option for your budget.
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